Introducing Cara, a new face at Collingwood-Norris! I’m very excited to be able to introduce you!Read More
Introducing three new lambswool scarves, Esk, Tweed, and Talla.Read More
Two new visible mending workshop dates as part of the Craft Scotland Summer Show.Read More
Preparing for St Abbs Wool Festival on the 7th April 2018, in Eyemouth. Using it as a good excuse to play with pom poms....Read More
Introducing the new Jura Scarf, at long last!Read More
This month I exhibited at my first ever trade show. I now have a lot to think about in terms of how I would like Collingwood-Norris to grow in the future.Read More
We're delighted to have been selected to take part in the Craft Scotland Summer Show this August in Edinburgh.
Running from the 4th -27th August, on the 2nd floor of White Stuff , on George Street, there will be a variety of craft disciplines on show, workshops and the opportunity to meet the makers.
Collingwood-Norris is delighted to be featured as Maker of the Month at Concrete Wardrobe in Edinburgh this March.Read More
Now that it's finally December, I couldn't resist a little bit of seasonal creativity, and I've made a few crochet snowflakes! To celebrate this wonderful winter weather I will be giving one away with each of our super soft and cosy wool scarves between now and the 15th December.
As with all snowflakes, no two will be the same...
Smart Textiles are an exciting area. As the nights are getting darker, I've been thinking about night time walks with the dog, and how best to stay visible. Reflective clothing seemed like the best way, and after trying out a few different yarns, our reflective pom pom is now ready!
All our pom pom hats now come with the option of a reflective pom pom- perfect for walks in the dark, or night time runs!
I'm delighted to announce that the online shop went live today! It feels like I've been working on it for ages, as well as working on developing the new products for it.
Not everything is up yet, some things still need a bit more work, but finally the hats have their official launch!
Recently I collaborated with Anna Skodbo, designer and founder of phannatiq to create a couple of pieces for her AW16/17 collection. After a little bit of sampling to try out different weights and different stitch structures, we decided to try some simple shapes using a lovely lambswool that's spun in the UK.
The pieces have been made on one of my chunky knitting machines, and then hand finished.
The full collection can be seen on Vogue, where you can the pieces are shown on a range of different models.
Last week I travelled to Aberystwyth for the private view of the Cambrian Mountains Wool Design Challenge exhibition. HRH Prince Charles attended, and having the opportunity to discuss my work with him was very exciting, if a bit nerve-wracking. He was very complimentary, and seemed genuinely interested in my jacket. As patron of the Cambrian Mountains Initiative, the private view was part of his schedule for Wales Week.
Meeting other Designer/ Makers
It was great to meet the other designer/makers, discuss our different practices and see all the pieces in person- there is such a diverse range of ideas.
Amongst others, I enjoyed discussing British wools and the joys of making with Rebecca Connelly, a new graduate whose passion for weaving comes across within minutes of speaking to her. The upholstery fabric she designed and made for the exhibition and the resulting bench is beautiful, and very much on my wish list!
Carole Wadham, a milliner from Bath, has a passion for cruelty free British wool. Her pieces are absolutely stunning, and exquisitely made, showing all the beauty of the wool they are made from. She stole the show (as much as is possible at least when there’s a royal to compete with) by wearing one of her hats to the event.
Rebekah Archer, another weaver, works with the principles of slow design, and her processes of shibori dying are incredibly interesting.
Other highlights of Aberystwyth included seeing dolphins in the bay, spying red kites flying above, and being able to wear a crochet jacket to the event that I’d been rushing to finish in time. So all in all, a fantastic and inspiring trip!